Harrow Impressed by Pack Turnout

NC State commitment Ryan Harrow was one of the top players in attendance at the 2009 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, where he led the Atlanta Celtics deep into the playoffs.

NC State commitment Ryan Harrow was one of the top players in attendance at the 2009 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, where he led the Atlanta Celtics deep into the playoffs.

The athletic, 6-foot point guard averaged 22.2 points per game, finishing 11th overall at the event in scoring while being named to the All-Tournament Team. Harrow showed throughout the tournament that he was capable of making big plays down the stretch for his team.

"It's real fun knowing that you're playing against talent just like yours and knowing that you can still come out on top," he said. "Everybody on our team can play and do what they can do, but once I need to take over a game or get the game back under control then I'll do it."

"He's the guy you wouldn't want to engage in a game of horse," wrote Scout.com's Dave Telep on the final day of the event. "He scored it at will and with creativity in the morning game to put the Celts into the semis. He was the shake and bake with Trae Golden raining jumpers early. CP3 did a good job on him as the Celtics ran out of gas and he had 17 in his final game."

Basketball comes down to making plays, and that could be Harrow's biggest strength. He has the ability to not only create shot opportunities for himself but also for others, and he can finish at the rim over bigger opponents much better than you would think given his slight frame.

"I've always played against grown men or when I was in elementary school I would play against high school kids," said Harrow. "They would rough me up... push me around. I've just always played older people at a young age, and I think it's helped me.

"I would go to college or open gym and I knew I wouldn't do much, but I could get out there and be pushed around. It was good for me."

The Tournament of Champions was Harrow's first time playing in the triangle since committing to NC State. He appeared to be impressed by the contingent of Wolfpack fans who attended his games over the course of the weekend.

"It makes me feel good just to know they are coming out now," he said. "It's going to be crazy once I get here because they won't have to make a trip anywhere to watch me play."

Harrow's play further supported the recent rise he has made up the recruiting rankings. He committed to NC State last summer as a virtual unknown with his only other offer being from UT-Chattanooga.

"He's the guy you
wouldn't want to engage
in a game of horse."

He starred on the 16-under circuit, but few analysts got the chance to see him play. As a junior, Harrow had a big-time season for Marietta (GA) Walton. He was one of only two juniors on the AP Class AAAAA first-team all-state team, and he was joined on the team by NC State signees Lorenzo Brown and Richard Howell.

He averaged 28 points per game to help lead Walton to a school-record 19 wins and a solid showing in the state playoffs.

This spring he's consistently been one of the better point guards on the circuit, and his ranking reflects it. Originally a three-star recruit, Harrow is now rated a four-star prospect, No. 50 overall, and the No. 10 point guard in the country by Scout.com.

"[Harrow's early commitment to NC State] looks better with every passing day," Telep previously told Pack Pride. "Ryan is just a talent and once he hits the July circuit and people kind of see where he is at now in comparison with the other guys in his class, this is one that will keep looking better and better.

"Every event you see him at his confidence is growing. Once his body matches his confidence and ability, he's going to be a heckuva player."

"I'm happy about being ranked higher because I feel like I can play with all of those players, but I need to keep playing hard and getting better," said Harrow. "There's still a lot of AAU basketball to be played, and I still have my senior season."

After his senior year, Harrow is looking forward to joining one of his best friends, Lorenzo Brown, in Raleigh. The Wolfpack's prize recruit in the 2009 class, Brown and Harrow have been friends for several years and grew up playing basketball together.

"I know it's going to be crazy," said Harrow. "We've been playing together so long that our chemistry is already there... we won't have to get our chemistry together.

"We already know how each other plays and when he needs to take over I can be like okay, and when I need to take over he'll be like okay. We just have that type of relationship."

Harrow admits that he keeps up with Wolfpack recruiting and is trying to do what he can to help them land other players. He's close friends with four-star target Mychal Parker and stated that he hopes to spend time with five-star target Luke Cothron this weekend at the Pangos All-American Camp.

He is also familiar with the Pack's latest verbal, Deshawn Painter, a 6-foot-9 power forward expected to give State a presence in the post.

"That's big," Harrow said of Painter's commitment. "Just getting a big man in the paint with all of the pieces that we've already got, NC State is going to get the team they have been looking for a long time."

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